The Jeep® brand is returning to the lineup of Super Bowl commercials scheduled to make their official debut tonight, as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV. With it not only being Super Bowl Sunday here in the United States but also Groundhog Day, the Jeep® brand has gone out of their way to ensure a hilarious new commercial introducing the brand’s latest vehicle… the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Rubicon.
The new 60-second commercial stars iconic comedian and actor Bill Murray reprising his role as Phil Connors, the Buffalo weatherman who gets stuck repeating his same day, over and over again from the 1993 film “Groundhog Day.” The movie has become a cult classic over the years and has become a must-see movie to watch every February 2nd.
The commercial opens as the clock turns 6:00 a.m. “I Got You Babe” by Sonny & Cher starts playing, replicating the scene from the film. Phil Connors himself suddenly sits upright in bed. Twenty-seven years later, he’s stuck in Punxsutawney once again. The Jeep brand worked closely with Sony Pictures to ensure authenticity with the original film.
“In my wildest dreams, any advertiser’s dream, really, could you dare to believe that Bill Murray would agree to be in your Super Bowl commercial, and on top of that, ask him to relive his iconic role in ‘Groundhog Day’?,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA. “How do you even have that make sense and not be forced? Magic first happened when I had the incredible luck to meet Bill in person a few years ago, and I knew then that he was perfect for Jeep. Because like Jeep, Bill is a free spirit, he intentionally seeks out ways to find adventure and live an extraordinary life.”
Francois continued, “When we learned that Groundhog Day fell on Super Bowl Sunday for the second time in 54 years, we couldn’t help but take that chance. The stars magically aligned. Bill agreed to do the first national broadcast commercial in which he’s ever appeared, and not only that, relive his role as Phil Connors for our Jeep Gladiator. But this time, in our spot, the hero makes a different choice by choosing a different pick-up truck, the Jeep Gladiator and it changes everything for him.”
“This is my first commercial. I’m glad I did it with you (Jeep),” said Bill Murray. “And I’m glad that this is my last commercial, as well.”
Locations featured in the commercial include the original bed-and-breakfast where Bill Murray’s character Phil Connors wakes up every morning; the Town Square where the Groundhog Day Festival takes place in the original movie; and the restaurant in Woodstock where Bill Murray’s character toasts to “world peace” in the original movie.